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Comparative Arts

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Works in the library's fiction section are organized by author last name and title.

For example, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice are both located under:

FIC
AUS

Mansfield Park precedes Pride and Prejudice alphabetically, so the books are shelved in that order.

Many of the literature works you'll find in the library are classified according to the Dewey Decimal system.

For example, First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors, written by Tim Satchell, would be classified as:

813.09   <-- American fiction in English

F527   <-- Alphabetized by title (First) because it has multiple authors

Follow the shelving guides to browse the numbering system by subject. For specific titles, search ICACAT.
If you have questions, email library-help@interlochen.org.

Many of the non-fiction works you'll find in the library are classified according to the Dewey Decimal system.

For example, the book—

Astaire: a Biography, written by Tim Satchell, has the call number:

791.4/ 
092  
A852S  

which means

791.4/   <-- Motion pictures, radio, television

092   <-- A biography

A852S   <-- About Fred Astaire (A852), by Satchell (S)

If you know the general subject you're interested in, follow the guides on the ends of the shelves to navigate the numbering system. If you know the specific title but not the call number, search ICACAT. If you need help at any time, don't hesitate to ask or email library-help@interlochen.org.

Plays are shelved under either ANTHOLOGY or PLAY in the Play section of the library.
Both sections are arranged geographically by publisher, followed by author last name.
If you're unsure of a work's author or where it was published, try searching ICACAT

If you have questions, email library-help@interlochen.org.

Sheet music can be found in the music library. 
Locate the item call number in ICACAT.
Bring the number to the circulation desk and a librarian will find the item in the stacks.

Sound recordings can be found in the music library. 
Locate the item call number in our online catalog.
Bring the number to the circulation desk and a librarian will find the item in the stacks.


CD liner notes are available to browse in the music library. 
Bring the liner notes to the desk and a librarian will retrieve the corresponding CD.

DVDs are available to borrow in the academic library. Performances, documentaries and other non-fiction DVDs are classified using Dewey Decimal System. All others are organized by film title.

We have two types of classification for visual arts:

Word-based (old section)
Library of Congress (new section) 

All visual arts books will eventually have Library of Congress classification.

If you have questions, email library-help@interlochen.org.

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